Week 12 - How To Make Simple Spring Eggs With A Pastel Promise.
It's that time of year again. Spring has sprung, and we might be thinking about traditions of the season. When I was a kid, every year, we would pick up the PAAS egg decorating kit, a grown up would boil up a few eggs, and we would spend hours dipping the little white treasures into glasses full of spritely colored liquids. There was always one or two eggs that would be left in the color bath for a bit too long. They would be a shade of bright neon and would become the eggs no one wanted in their Spring basket.
Years later I find myself today with two tiny ones who desperately want to dye eggs. We could drive to the store and pick up an egg coloring kit. However, it has come to my attention there is a new or old way of getting eggs into their spring suits, a tea bath. As we have about every tea imaginable, we tried dying eggs today using various flavors of tea, and the eggs turned out pastel perfect. More importantly, we all had such a blast guessing what colors would emerge from the depths of the dark colored cups. Here are all the supplies needed to tea dye eggs:
- Various teas (Rooibos, Cherry, Blueberry, Matcha, Earl Grey)*
- For a lovely yellow color try turmeric spice
- White vinegar
- White hard boiled eggs
- A mug for each flavor of tea
- A spoon for removing the egg from the tea baths
Step 1: Boil water and fill the mugs about 3/4 full of water. Place 3 tea bags in each mug. Let the teas steep for 10 minutes and then allow the tea to cool to room temperature. Add ice to the mugs to help speed up the process. Now add one tablespoon of white vinegar per mug.
Step 2: Carefully lower one egg per mug into the tea. Let the eggs sit for an hour or so in the tea bath. For a stronger color, let the eggs sit overnight. However, leaving the eggs out for long periods would make them inedible. Keep that in mind as you color the eggs.
Step 3: Lastly, remove the eggs from their bath and enjoy the perfect pastel colors!
*Some tea worked better than others. Matcha was only vibrant when rubbed onto the egg after the color bath. It was fascinating to guess the color the eggs would turn. Cherry tea makes a gray egg? Who knew?
We are off to admire our pastel egg work. Enjoy the spring fun.
See you tomorrow Tea Lovers!